Tributes to club legends

Over the past week we have received the incredibly sad news that two of our club legends have passed away.

Yesterday we found out that Davie Stewart, who is billed as the club’s greatest ever goalkeeper, had passed away. And this comes only days after the passing of Johnny Graham, our skipper that led Ayr United into the first ever Premier League in 1975. 

Davie, who was inducted into our Ayr United Hall of Fame, was signed by Ally MacLeod in the summer of 1967 from Kilsyth Rangers. He was affectionately called ‘the man in black’ by supporters in reference to the goalie strip he would wear.

He went on to make 251 appearances and played a starring role as Ayr took Celtic to a replay in the 1969 League Cup semi final at Hampden.

In 1973 he was sold to Leeds United for £30,000 and went on to play in the European Cup Final two years later when the Elland Road club lost 2-0 to Bayern Munich.

Johnny Graham began his career with Strathclyde Juniors before going on to play for Third Lanark, Dundee United, Falkirk and Hibs.  

He signed for Ayr for £10,000 in 1971 and went on to score 72 goals in 202 games. In October of his first season he scored all 4 goals as we came from 3-1 down to beat Airdrie 4-3 at Broomfield.

Everyone at Ayr United would like to send their deepest condolences to the families and friends of both Davie and Johnny.